Investing 101: Finding Rallying Stocks Still Undervalued to Analyst Estimates

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(List compiled by Becca Lipman. EPS data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.)

One interesting way to find undervalued stocks is by finding those that do not proportionally increase in price for a given increase in earnings per share (EPS) estimate.

To create this list we focused on large cap ($10B-$200B) stocks trading on the US markets. We started with a theoretical observation about P/E ratios.


If the Price/Earnings Per Share ratio is equal to some constant k, it follows that there should be a linear relationship between Price and Earnings per Share. In other words:

If P/E = K
then P = (K)(E)

If there is a mismatch between growth rates in projected earnings per share values and price, a mis-pricing may have occurred, presenting an opportunity to value investors.

All of the stocks listed below have seen an increase in the current year EPS analyst projection over the last 30 days. For every stock in this list, the price change has lagged the change in EPS projections. This indicates that these stocks may still have to price in the good news.

Yes, this approach isn't 100% accurate. There is no reason to believe that P/E should be equal to a constant at all times (that is, after all, a simplifying assumption to build a screen). But the goal here is to give you a starting point in finding potentially undervalued stocks.

Would you like to know more about any of the terms used above? Let's review:

Rallying: When a stock is rallying, it means its price is performing above its market average price for a given time period. It is presented as a percentage of price relative to the average (i.e., 10% above the average). When a stock is performing above its 20 day moving average (MA), also known as simple moving average (SMA), as well as its 50 and 200 day moving averages, it signals bullish momentum.

Earnings Per Share (EPS) is the amount of profit that is allotted to each share of a company after dividends have been paid out. Higher EPS and faster EPS growth are both positive signs of profitability.
EPS = (Net Income - Dividends)/(Outstanding Shares)

Price-to-EPS is one of the most widely-used financial ratios. Although P/E values are not constant over time, if EPS is rising faster than price, then the P/E ratio is falling, which could be a sign that the stock is undervalued.

Now that you're armed with information, how do you feel about the following list of stocks? Do you think they have more value to cash in? Will their momentum push them toward their analyst target prices? Use the list below as a starting point for your own analysis.

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1. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (LGF): Movie Production, Theaters Industry. Market cap of $959.98M. The stock is trading 1.40% above its 20-Day SMA, 5.26% above its 50-Day SMA, and 7.98% above its 200-Day SMA. Over the last 30 days, the current year EPS consensus has increased by 84.21% (from $0.19 to $0.35), while price changed by 3.67% (from 6.81$ to $7.06). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.74% over the last week.

2. Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (ROIC): REIT Industry. Market cap of $465.40M. The stock is trading 0.45% above its 20-Day SMA, 1.35% above its 50-Day SMA, and 6.19% above its 200-Day SMA. Over the last 30 days, the current year EPS consensus has increased by 50% (from $0.08 to $0.12), while price changed by 18% (from $ to $10.98). The stock has gained 17.16% over the last year.

3. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (REGN): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $5.26B. The stock is trading 4.62% above its 20-Day SMA, 0.59% above its 50-Day SMA, and 28.04% above its 200-Day SMA. Over the last 30 days, the current year EPS consensus has increased by 39.34% (from $-1.83 to $-2.55), while price changed by -1.33% (from $55.80 to $55.06). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.9% (equivalent to 8.28 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 19.03% over the last week.

4. Akorn, Inc. (AKRX): Drugs Industry. Market cap of $758.07M. The stock is trading 5.48% above its 20-Day SMA, 10.11% above its 50-Day SMA, and 28.43% above its 200-Day SMA. Over the last 30 days, the current year EPS consensus has increased by 45% (from $0.20 to $0.29), while price changed by 8.88% (from $7.21 to $7.85). The stock has had a good month, gaining 11.1%.

5. Parker Drilling Co. (PKD): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $715.55M. The stock is trading 1.54% above its 20-Day SMA, 3.08% above its 50-Day SMA, and 15.57% above its 200-Day SMA. Over the last 30 days, the current year EPS consensus has increased by 24.24% (from $0.33 to $0.41), while price changed by -5.61% (from $6.60 to $6.23). This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.28). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 12.09% over the last week.

6. Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF): Surety & Title Insurance Industry. Market cap of $3.62B. The stock is trading 2.02% above its 20-Day SMA, 3.86% above its 50-Day SMA, and 12.73% above its 200-Day SMA. Over the last 30 days, the current year EPS consensus has increased by 33.33% (from $1.14 to $1.52), while price changed by 3.57% (from $15.70 to $16.26). The stock has gained 14.9% over the last year.

7. SM Energy Company (SM): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $5.02B. The stock is trading 3.31% above its 20-Day SMA, 9.98% above its 50-Day SMA, and 22.63% above its 200-Day SMA. Over the last 30 days, the current year EPS consensus has increased by 31.71% (from $2.05 to $2.7), while price changed by 3.85% (from $76.65 to $79.6). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.46% over the last week.

8. Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (SXL): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $2.81B. The stock is trading 2.74% above its 20-Day SMA, 2.77% above its 50-Day SMA, and 4.05% above its 200-Day SMA. Over the last 30 days, the current year EPS consensus has increased by 29.55% (from $5.11 to $6.62), while price changed by 2.20% (from $83.77 to $85.61). The stock has gained 19.41% over the last year.

9. Legacy Reserves Lp (LGCY): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $1.25B. The stock is trading 2.81% above its 20-Day SMA, 1.61% above its 50-Day SMA, and 1.29% above its 200-Day SMA. Over the last 30 days, the current year EPS consensus has increased by 15.57% (from $1.67 to $1.93), while price changed by -3.06% (from $29.45 to $28.55). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 11.18% over the last week.

10. Endeavour Silver Corp. (EXK): Silver Industry. Market cap of $894.71M. The stock is trading 5.71% above its 20-Day SMA, 14.46% above its 50-Day SMA, and 27.73% above its 200-Day SMA. Over the last 30 days, the current year EPS consensus has increased by 14.55% (from $0.55 to $0.63), while price changed by -2.40% (from $10.83 to $10.57). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 16.52% over the last week.



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



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